MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Alabama State Interim Director of Athletics, Jennifer Lynne Williams, was chosen as the 2018 FCS Administrator of the Year by the Women Leaders in College Sports - the nation’s premier women’s athletic leadership association - as announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Administrator of the Year Award is presented to Women Leaders in College Sports members for significant contributions made as an administrator of intercollegiate athletics. This award, recognizing administrative excellence, is presented annually to members in each NCAA division: Division I, FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA/NJCAA or Conference/Organization.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized as Administrator of the Year, amongst all of the female administrators in collegiate athletics at the FCS level,” Williams said. “This would not be possible without the support of my husband, Valdez Williams; President Ross, my staff, coaches, and student-athletes who continued to believe in my vision and trust in me during this last year at Alabama State University. I would not be in this position if not for all of them. I would also like to thank Patti Phillips and Women Leaders in College Sports for this wonderful recognition, and would like to congratulate all of the other winners at the various levels.”
The recipients will be honored Tuesday, October 16 at the Jostens Administrator of the Year Luncheon at the 2018 Women Leaders National Convention in Atlanta.
Williams was elevated to interim director of athletics at Alabama State University (ASU) in October 2017. Previously, she served as the Deputy Athletic Director for the Hornets for the 2016-17 academic year. In her first year as the Interim Director of Athletics, Williams was selected to the Division I Council and also serves on the Football Oversight Committee as part of her council duties. She also served as a panelists at the most recent NACDA Convention in our nation’s capital. Under the guidance of Williams, Alabama State captured their fifth consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Commissioner’s Cup by winning eight conference championships. The Hornets’ program also captured five regular season conference (or divisional) championships, and had three teams finish as conference runner-up and another finish in the top four in postseason tournaments.